© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Madam White Snake|
|Japanese Title:||Byaku fugin no yoren|
|Movie also known as:||The Bewitched Love of Madame Pai|
Bewitched Love of the White Wife (literal English title)
The Bewitching Love of Madame Pai
The Legend of the White Serpent(International: English title)
Madame White Snake(USA)
Pai-she chuan(Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
|CD Label||SLC, Inc.|
|Music by:||Ikuma Dan|
|Number of tracks||28|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1995|
|Year Movie Released in Japan:||1956|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.:||1956|
This CD was pleasant to listen to with a mix of musical styles. I have never seen this movie but based on what I've read about it, the music probably suits the material well.
Track 1 starts off with a female choral type voice and a slow lilting music that reminded me of Christmas music. By the end of the track it had progressed into something suspenceful. Others tracks reminded me of some of the music you would hear in 30's & 40's Hollywood movies mixed with a hint of traditional Japanese music. A lot of the tracks are slow paced and orchestral reminding me of the type of background music heard in "The Wizard Of Oz". There are also tracks that sound like they could have been alternate music for the jungle scenes in the original "King Kong". About half way through the disc we get some music with a mystery type feel. The last track, #28, gives us some lovely, romantic piano music with a female vocal.
All in all I found this a pleasant listening experience and just the type of CD you'd like to put on after a stressful day of work. Just sit back, close your eyes and relax.
English Title: Madame White Snake - Original Soundtrack Japanese Title: Byaku Fujin No Yoren - Orijinaru Saundotorakku Translations by Silver Bridges - http://www.silverbridges.com/ 1. Main Title 2. The Encounter 3. The Next Morning 4. Madame Pai's Residence 5. Kyosen and Madame Pai 6. The Long-Cherished Desire 7. Madame Pai's Vow 8. Searching the House 9. Off to Suzhou 10. They Meet Again 11. The Two Join Hands *2 12. Hozan, The Holy Man 13. Suspicious Heart 14. Night of Discord 15. Their Love 16. Confrontation 17. Festive Drinking 18. Madame Pai's True Nature 19. Regenerating Grass *4 20. Escape 21. Grief-stricken Madame Pai 22. Kinzanji Temple 23. Madame White Snake's Black Magic 24. Miserable Woman 25. Last Request 26. Pearls of Love 27. Ending 28. White Bird Beauty *5 *2 i.e. 'The Two Join Hands in Matrimony' *4 Or possible 'Regenerating Weeds' *5 My professor friend at the Univ. of Hawaii suggests that this may be someone's name in which case the translation should be "Tsuna Shiratori" or possibly "Sho Shiratori". My original translation "White Bird Beauty" was based on the meaning of the words.